Benefits of ASA Membership

Becoming a member of your national surgical assisting professional organization is a positive commitment to your career. When you join the Association of Surgical Assistants, you receive all of ASA’s member benefits, including discounts on continuing education, access to malpractice insurance, legislative advocacy, and much more. Plus you’ll receive a free membership in the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and receive AST’s member benefits. Learn more about the cost and categories of ASA membership and join today.

Member Discounts

Continuing Education and Live Events

Members of the Association of Surgical Assistants are eligible to receive special discounted rates on live educational events and workshops. ASA members are also eligible to receive discounts on continuing education.

The Association of Surgical Assistants is proud to offer the most advanced educational opportunities for surgical assistant practitioners. Members receive priority seating and discounted enrollment for ASA sponsored events such as robotics workshops and surgical cadaver labs presented by cutting edge surgical equipment suppliers and manufacturers.

ASA is also working on continuing education (CE) opportunities specific to surgical assistants that will be available to members soon.

CSFA Certification Exam Discount

ASA members are also eligible to take the CSFA certification examination for the first time at a substantially reduced rate. A student member bundle which includes significant discounts on membership, the CSFA examination, and the Surgical First Assistant Certifying Exam Study Guide is also available.

Legislative Advocacy for Surgical Assisting

The central focus of ASA’s advocacy efforts has been legislative recognition for the profession and protecting the right to practice for credentialed surgical assistants. ASA has been legislatively successful with either licensure or certification in Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Illinois, Nebraska, Kentucky, and the District of Columbia. Indiana does recognize the profession in vein harvesting. In 2019, ASA will return to Georgia and file expanded surgical assisting licensure bills in Texas and Virginia.

In addition, ASA is beginning discussions with two midwestern states to identify the issues and challenges related to legal initiatives in those particular states.

ASA members can log in to learn more about ASA’s advocacy efforts.

Professional Benefits

Automatic FREE membership in AST

As a member in the Association of Surgical Assistants, you receive a free membership in the Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) and receive The Surgical Technologist monthly journal and all the other benefits AST offers. Learn more about AST member benefits.

Processing and Recording of Credits

A significant benefit of ASA membership is the free processing and recording of continuing education (CE) credits. This service is available online — whenever it’s convenient.

Malpractice and Needlestick Insurance

The Association of Surgical Assistants has arranged with CM&F Group, Inc. to provide malpractice insurance to ASA members at very affordable rates. Visit the CM&F website

Members Only Facebook Group

Only ASA members may access the members only Facebook group. On this discussion board, members connect with each other, ask questions, share strategies and get insights. This resource is a crucial avenue for staying current with issues affecting the profession and advice from surgical assistants across the country.

Medical Mission Scholarships

In 2018, ASA, in partnership with Operation Billing, initiated two $1,500 medical mission scholarships for trips through Kenya Relief. These scholarships will be awarded for 2019 completed mission trips. Active ASA members are eligible to apply through the Foundation for Surgical Technology

National Professional Healthcare Initiatives

Bureau of Labor Statistics

In 2013, ASA began discussions with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Four years later, the BLS created a separate occupational code for surgical assistants. Other groups and individuals contributed to this success but ASA initiated the discussions.

The Joint Commission

In 2016, ASA began seeking avenues to communicate with The Joint Commission. After sustained efforts, ASA began to find the appropriate representatives to discuss the challenges to patient safety that occur when practitioners are working outside of their scope of practice. In 2017, ASA scheduled a Joint Commission Surveyor to present the keynote address at the annual fall meeting in Richmond. This relationship is continuing to strengthen. In 2018, an ASA representative attended a Health Care Association Forum sponsored by the Joint Commission. In April 2019, the opening keynote speaker at the ASA/NSAA Joint Conference is Andrew Bland, MD, Medical Director, Division of HealthCare Quality Evaluation.

ASA is now undertaking a survey to provide feedback to The Joint Commission about surgical assistant practices.

Association of Healthcare Risk Managers

In 2016, ASA exhibited at the Association of Healthcare Risk Managers and presented a mock surgery the following year. In 2018, ASA will be undertaking a survey at the 2018 ASHRM Annual Conference in preparation for a proposal to present at the 2019 ASHRM Annual Conference. This is a critically important audience for surgical assistants to maintain.


In 2017, ASA began conversations with HealthTrust, in conjunction with The Joint Commission effort. HealthTrust credentials surgical assistants in nearly HCA hospitals and will be expanding their credentialing services to other healthcare organizations in 2018. A representative spoke at the ASA 2018 meeting in Phoenix.

Publisher of Educational Benchmarks

  1. Core Curriculum for Surgical Assisting. Revision of the 3rd edition will begin in summer 2018.
  2. Launching first textbook for profession. Currently seeking experienced writers.

These publications ensure that every surgical assisting student has a standardized knowledge base and clinical competencies.